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Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon

(Tales from Deckawoo Drive #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,566 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Deckawoo Drive’s intrepid Animal Control Officer meets her match—or does she? A funny, heartfelt, and fast-paced romp from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Francine Poulet is the greatest Animal Control Officer in Gizzford County. She hails from a long line of Animal Control Officers. She’s battled snakes, outwitted squirrels, and stared down a bear. "
Hardcover, 98 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Candlewick Press
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A great story about facing your fears. You get thrown off your horse, you have to get back up again, or you fall off a roof and you have to get back up again.

Francine is afraid of nothing until one day she learns what fear is. It stops her from doing her job and she walks away from what she loves. Luckily, there is Frank who pesters her into being the genuine article. She faces her fears and becomes better at her job.

This is so well told and has all the fun of the Mercy Watson series. Kate neve
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this with my 7 year old who has been dealing with a lot of anxiety lately. (Thanks a lot, covid.🖕) This book was listed in an article I found that was compiled by librarians, and meant for children with anxiety. I think it did a great job at helping kids realise we all have worries, and that those emotions are valid. But it also taught, through an interesting story, that we can face and conquer those fears. I really liked it! And so did my son.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chn-fantasy
Kate DiCamillo is simply a master storyteller. No matter whether reading one of her novels or a beginning chapter book like this one, her words touch and warm the reader's heart. Her characters are always so well drawn and unique, yet so easy to relate to with all their strengths and weaknesses, with their joys and sorrows. I appreciate that Kate DiCamillo trusts her young readers with sophisticated vocabulary, awakening a curiosity for the beauty of language while telling an entertaining story. ...more
Henry Martin
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Every time I read one of the Tales from Deckawoo Drive, I cannot help to smile. These books are not just funny, but also serious at the same time.

DiCamillo does a great job depicting the power of a child's wonder, and depicting how adult fears can change the course of one's life. Of course, the returning cast of characters is always appreciated, with the predictable personalities and outlooks.

Great illustrations, original story line, and pure joy to read aloud to a younger reader.

Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The moral of the story: Remember who you are and be brave.
Pop Bop
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
To Whom Do I Give This Book?

This is the second book in DiCamillo's Deckawoo Drive series, which is itself a spin-off from the Mercy Watson series. Some familiar characters make appearances, but this book is perfectly fine as a stand alone.

SPOILER. Francine Poulet is the best Animal Control Officer in the county. But she has a panic attack while trying to capture a raccoon on a rooftop, suffers a nasty fall with serious injuries, loses all confidence in herself, and quits her job. She is coaxed b
La Coccinelle
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This, the second book in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series, was a bit of a disappointment for me. While it had some amusing moments (and plenty of Kate DiCamillo's fabulous use of words), I just couldn't get all that invested in the story, which is mainly about overcoming fear.

Francine Poulet, the animal control officer, attends a call for a screaming raccoon. Things go badly, and her confidence is shaken. It takes Frank, a little boy who lives on Deckawoo Drive, to remind Francine of her ski
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
For some idiotic and irrational reason this book pissed me off. What happened to the raccoon? Why did it need to be captured in the first place? Did they take it to an animal rehab like Second Chances Wildlife? Or return it to the woods somewhere safe? Did they euthanize it? GOD, I've read too many kids books, I'M LOSING MY MIND. But really, I am way more concerned about this raccoon and it's whereabouts now. I'm terribly concerned about this raccoon and that wasn't even the point of the book... ...more
Elizabeth S
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I suppose these books may not be as engaging for readers not already familiar with the characters on Deckawoo Drive. Possibly. But this new series is so fun, cute, and full of charm, it is surely unlikely. I think anyone would enjoy these.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mercy Watson Fans / Beginning Chapter-Book Readers Looking for Entertaining Tales
In this second entry in Kate DiCamillo's Tales of Deckawoo Drive series, which presents longer stories about some of the secondary characters from her Mercy Watson books, Animal Control Officer extraordinaire Francine Poulet, the third in a line of animal control officers in her family, unexpectedly meets her Waterloo in the form of an eerie raccoon said to be 'haunting' elderly Miss Bissinger's house. When Francine becomes frightened and loses her head, falling off the roof and injuring herself ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the going gets tough.... the tough get going!

Beautiful, beautifully told is the story of Francine Poulet, as the title indicates meets the raccoon on the roof of a house. I think she was right... raccoons are scary... and being on a tall roof is scary as well.. BUT Francine knows who she is and moves forward!

Brave, resilient, and self-confident, our heroine regains herself and overcomes her lapse of bravery!

4 stars for Ms Poulet!

Happy Reading!

Love the cover and the illistrations
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Francine Poulet is a very self assured woman until she meets a raccoon that shakes her confidence.

Before we begin I must tell you I liked Leroy Ninker better. The vocabulary in this book is going to challenging for most readers. There are more questions then answers in the plot.

However it has all the character qualities I want in a DiCamillo book. The illustrations make me want to turn the page so I can see what else is going to happen. I get to check in with some on my favorite characters who
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kate DiCamillo is my favorite children/tween book storyteller of authors from the last 25 years along with Roald Dahl - Bev Cleary, Judy Blume and Frances Lattimore were my favorites as a kid in the 60s and early 70s.

She is so different from other writers in that she is far more of a story teller than just a writer of stories, which are two different things.

I first discovered her when I saw the film ' Because of Winn Dixie ' then read the book, she had me hooked and I have been a fan of hers eve
Kate DiCamillo`s words are the best words. ...more
Annina Luck Wildermuth
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Francine Poulet is a wonderful character. I loved the writing and the distinctive voices of the characters. The illustrations are also excellent.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I didn't hear about this series when it first came out. I'm so glad to have found out about it now! The first in the series, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, left me with questions at the end, and I thought it was just okay. Luckily, that didn't happen with Francine Poulet! What a great story, with an important lesson to teach, and a screaming raccoon! I look forward to reading the next two in the series very soon. ...more
Alex  Baugh
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
This second story from Deckawoo Drive (Leroy Ninker Saddles Up was the first), young readers meet Francine Poulet, the fearless and fearsome animal control officer. Following in her father and grandmother's footsteps, Francine is a first class animal control officer, in fact, she's won 47 animal control trophies, more than anyone else.

Since nothing scars Francine, when she receives an hysterical call from Mrs. Bissinger that there was a most unusual raccoon living on her roof and tormenting her
Becky B
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Francine Poulet is the premier Animal Control Officer in the land. She isn't afraid of anything. That is until she meets a raccoon who screams her name while charging her on a steep roof. The experience shakes Francine to the core and causes her to question her calling. But with the help of one little boy, she finds the courage to face her defeat and fear head on.

I know, I'm reading this one out of order, but that didn't affect the story much at all. Love the way Van Dusen's illustrations superb
I got a kick out of this book and loved the illustrations. I tried the first in the Deckawoo series --Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, but didn't like it enough to continue beyond a dozen pages, which is rare for me. In any case, now that I get the idea of the humor and style of the series, I might try it again. Someday. But right now, because Francine is the only book I've put in my early chapter book category and I enjoyed it, I'm giving it 5 stars! ...more
Sheri S.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely not up to the caliber of some of DiCamillo's other books (like Because of Winn-Dixie or Tale of Despereaux). It was slightly interesting and a bit amusing but I found it overall very mediocre. The story line was not super strong and the characters were alright. However, it does have an overall theme of perseverance which was good. ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
DiCamillo is hit & miss w/ me. This one I like a lot, because the philosophic bits are explored concisely, lightly, and within context of fun story.

I wouldn't mind knowing the characters better, but I don't think I will bother to go back and read the Mercy Watson books (I think I did read one, once, and iirc I wasn't impressed).
Sarah Levy
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DiCamillo is brilliant!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It was good, but much longer than the few Mercy Watson books we have read and perhaps more suitable for a little older. P enjoyed it though.
Danielle Booey
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Kate DiCamillo is so good at what she does. The world of Deckawoo Drive is so fully realized and I am glad to see Francine Poulet get her own book.

Francine Poulet is an animal control officer. She comes from a long and proud line of animal control officers. She is solid like a refrigerator (according to her father), calm, and reliable. She knows exactly who she is. Well....that is until she meets her match in a screaming ghost raccoon who shakes her confidence and sense of self.

Then it's up to
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun and silly read for kids. I read this to my 3 boys for homeschool. They laughed at the funny descriptions, names, and interesting dreams and occupation of Francine Poulet. We love Mercy Watson and all things related! The storyline of this one dragged a bit in the middle, but it picked back up with a nicely wrapped ending.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best things about Kate DiCamillo’s writing is that she doesn’t believe that a young reader should have a limited vocabulary. I loved this story! (And so on)
Miss Sarah
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A early chapter book set in the Mercy Watson universe. In this one the local animal warden has her confidence shaken by a testy raccoon. Can she learn to do her job again? Elementary and up
May 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Of the Mercy Watson and Tales from Deckawoo Drive books Bear (age 3.5)and I have read so far, this one has been our least favorite. Bear was still interested in finishing it, but it definitely took us longer to finish than the others we've read so far. I think both he and I would have enjoyed this one more if he was a little older. ...more
Sue Edwards
Francine Poulet may very well be the greatest animal control officer that Gizzford county has ever seen. She’s stared down a bear and won forty-seven trophies. One day she even helped locate a certain porcine wonder (for those of you who remember her from the Mercy Watson books).

One day she gets a call about a super, scary raccoon. This isn’t an ordinary raccoon and the caller, Mrs. Bissingers is convinced that this raccoon is something else. It might even be a ghost. How else can you explain th
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am working my way through the three books available thus far in the Deckawoo Drive series, and I am loving them. One thing that stands out about them to me is the rich language, well developed storylines, and strong characters. These books would be absolutely perfect for teaching students about character traits and character contrasts/contradictions. Not to mention, I am certain they would make for excellent read alouds.

Francine Poulet is a renowned animal control officer who comes from a lon
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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